Bournemouth held by Brentford in stalemate
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Bournemouth held by Brentford in stalemate


Brentford had won their last three league meetings with Bournemouth

Bournemouth extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to four games after a stalemate with Brentford at the Vitality Stadium.

Chances were at a premium for both sides in their first top-flight meeting, although the hosts may have felt unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty in the first half.

Jordan Zemura burst onto the ball and looked to be tripped by Kristoffer Ajer’s flailing leg, but referee Thomas Bramall decided to stick with his original decision despite being referred to the pitchside monitor.

Brentford had the better of the few opportunities in front of goal but Ivan Toney could only fire over the crossbar from close range after Josh Dasilva’s cushioned pass.

The Cherries have now failed to score in their last three home games, despite stretching their unbeaten run to four games for the first time since October 2018.

The hosts remain 12th in the table, while the visitors, who made extended their unbeaten run away from home to three games, drop down to 10th.

Both sides lack cutting edge

These sides were playing each other in League Two 13 seasons ago, so the fixture shows the progress made by both clubs.

But this game was lacking in Premier League quality.

Bournemouth came into the game having scored two goals at home this season, with only West Ham, who have played one game less, finding the net on fewer occasions.

They struggled again in front of goal and ended the game with just one shot on target.

But they will rue what could have been if the referee had decided to overturn his decision on the first-half penalty appeal.

Brentford were comfortably beaten by Arsenal in their last outing but a first away clean sheet in the Premier League for more than a year will be pleasing.

Toney, fresh from his recent England call-up, looked sharp, but he will be disappointed with his late finish that could have claimed the success.

He beat the offside trap to latch onto Dasilva’s ball over the top of the Bournemouth defence but, as the away end erupted in anticipation for the net to bulge, the ball sailed high and wide.

Player of the match

DamsgaardMikkel Damsgaard

AFC Bournemouth

  1. Squad number10Player nameChristie

  2. Squad number21Player nameMoore

  3. Squad number6Player nameMepham

  4. Squad number29Player nameBilling

  5. Squad number8Player nameLerma

  6. Squad number33Player nameZemura

  7. Squad number16Player nameTavernier

  8. Squad number13Player nameNeto

  9. Squad number9Player nameSolanke

  10. Squad number25Player nameSenesi

  11. Squad number4Player nameL Cook

  12. Squad number15Player nameA Smith

Brentford

  1. Squad number24Player nameDamsgaard

  2. Squad number8Player nameJensen

  3. Squad number2Player nameHickey

  4. Squad number16Player nameMee

  5. Squad number17Player nameToney

  6. Squad number3Player nameHenry

  7. Squad number18Player nameJansson

  8. Squad number1Player nameRaya

  9. Squad number26Player nameBaptiste

  10. Squad number20Player nameAjer

  11. Squad number27Player nameJanelt

  12. Squad number13Player nameM Jorgensen

  13. Squad number19Player nameMbeumo

  14. Squad number10Player nameDasilva

  15. Squad number11Player nameWissa

  16. Squad number15Player nameOnyeka

Line-ups

Bournemouth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Murara Neto
  • 15A Smith
  • 6Mepham
  • 25Senesi
  • 33Zemura
  • 16Tavernier
  • 4L Cook
  • 8LermaBooked at 75mins
  • 29Billing
  • 21MooreSubstituted forChristieat 72′minutes
  • 9Solanke

Substitutes

  • 1Travers
  • 3Stephens
  • 10Christie
  • 11Marcondes
  • 17Stacey
  • 18Lowe
  • 20Dembélé
  • 23Hill
  • 32Anthony

Brentford

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Raya
  • 20AjerSubstituted forHickeyat 61′minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 18JanssonSubstituted forM Jorgensenat 64′minutes
  • 16Mee
  • 3Henry
  • 26BaptisteSubstituted forOnyekaat 84′minutes
  • 27Janelt
  • 8Jensen
  • 19MbeumoSubstituted forWissaat 61′minutes
  • 17ToneyBooked at 45mins
  • 24DamsgaardSubstituted forDasilvaat 61′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hickey
  • 10Dasilva
  • 11Wissa
  • 13M Jorgensen
  • 14Ghoddos
  • 15Onyeka
  • 30Roerslev
  • 34Cox
  • 35Trevitt

Referee:
Thomas Bramall

Attendance:
10,126

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